Combs is a prospect to watch in 2012

This past season, L.A. Pierce DT Marquel Combs (6-3, 307) was an absolute menace to opposing defenses and with his outstanding size, quickness and productivity he's already hauled in his first offer and has other schools very close to throwing their hats in the ring as well...

"I got my first offer, from Texas Tech, back at the beginning of the month," Combs told recently. "Florida International is talking to me a lot and it feels like they are close to offer and Tulsa is talking to me a lot too.

"I've been talking with New Mexico too, but it hasn't progressed with them as much as I'd like right now, but I still have a while before it really gets urgent."

In addition to those four schools, Combs is also hearing from schools across the country including programs from the Pac 12, Big 12, Big Ten, ACC, SEC and Big East.

"A lot of schools are contacting me and talking to my coaches too," Combs noted. "It's just the beginning though, so none have offered yet, but I'm hoping more options come in in the next few weeks and months."

As a freshman last fall while playing the nose tackle position for the Brahmas, Combs was a handful for opposing offensive linemen, finishing with 34 tackles, a team-leading 10 tackles-for-loss and 2.5 sacks.

"I played the nose, but I'm pretty versatile," Combs said. "I can play the three-technique or even out at end, depending on the scheme.

"I've only been playing for three years now and I've always played nose, so schools are really looking at me there and that's where I'm probably going to play, but I can do whatever a staff needs me to do."

Combs prepped at Hamilton High School in Memphis, Tennessee, but didn't play until his senior season.

"My uncle said I was getting to big to not be playing football, so he talked me into going out for the team," Combs admitted with a chuckle. "When I went out for the team, I was All-Metro and I had a pretty good season for never playing before.

"I didn't qualify, so I went to prep school (North Georgia College Prep)and then a coach of mine knew some of the coaches here, so they told me I should go out and play ball out here and I liked the coaches too, so it all worked out."

Combs said this offseason, he's working hard at improving his football "smarts", but said he's also working on his overall game as well.

"I have a good 'get off' and quick hands," Combs said. "I feel my smarts are good, but since I've only played three years of football, I can work on recognizing things quicker and take advantage of those things."

Combs is on pace to graduate in December and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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